Richmont Graduate University Strategic Plan | 1. Pursue Academic Excellence and Innovation
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Aspirations

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Pursue Academic Excellence and Innovation

Intellectual vitality is the heart of our University. Richmont strives to attain excellence in its people, programs and processes. We self-perceive as leaders in the field, not followers. As such we embrace academic entrepreneurship, cutting-edge thinking, and operational innovation as means to elevate ours into a University of first choice for top students, scholars, and staff.
To achieve this Aspiration, we will…

Expand academic offerings to include new master’s level as well as terminal degrees in counseling as well as ministry that meet emerging market demands and position us to be a destination university of first choice. In the same thoughtful yet bold vein, development of niche certificates and a rethinking of continuing education (CE) curricula should lead to greater market share and better use of academic program funding.

 

Take our emerging Online Campus to co-equal standing with Atlanta and Chattanooga in offering complete degree programs/certificates as well as new curricular offerings and a supporting virtual student learning community.

 

Incubate innovation through intra-university programs rewarding experimental teaching or administrative models that seek transformative impact on our learning culture.

 

Forge or reinvent partnerships with other “soul-care” minded universities, churches, nonprofits to foster fresh institutional growth opportunities that expand Richmont’s national and international reach through education, applied problem-solving/intervention, and recognized thought leadership.

 

Incentivize research and introduce proven high-impact experiential learning opportunities for faculty, staff, and students.

 

Update and expand the information technology platforms that support instruction, university operations, student information systems, learning management systems, and virtual learning communities for our growing online student population.

 

Foster a culture of assessment that supports continuous cyclical improvement in the areas of student learning, student services, and administration.

Principle Initiatives

2019

  • Finish a comprehensive implementation plan for making the Online Campus fully operational and as a first priority, complete the conversion of all Clinical Mental Health core courses into online format
  • Forge and formalize new partnerships with academic and nonacademic organizations similarly committed to trauma recovery, Christian counseling, play therapy and other areas of specialization for Richmont that will bring resources and renown to Richmont
  • Reconstruct the Continuing Education program to become profitable, an arm of student recruitment, and a catalyst for wider institutional acclaim
  • Develop formal partnerships with doctoral Counselor Education & Supervision programs towards the development of a Richmont Doctoral Intern Program to provide year-round support for faculty and administrators in the areas of research and instruction
  • Clarify the composition and functioning of the University’s Institutional Effectiveness Executive Committee that will lead in the establishment of a naturally occurring environment of university-wide assessment and improvement

2020

  • Launch the President’s Next Generation Initiatives awards to incentivize creative approaches to teaching, research, and intervention among staff and faculty
  • Define responsibilities, identify funding, and begin search for a chief academic affairs officer
  • Establish an emerging academic programs task force to explore the feasibility of offering terminal degrees as well as defining new degrees and certificates to meet emerging market needs in counseling and ministry
  • Construct a long-range Information Technology plan to support the University’s administrative, learning, and database systems for the next decade

2021

  • Restart the Marriage and Family Therapy degree program with COAMFTE-accreditation

  • Create a Faculty Center for Teaching and Research

  • Define and launch International education and service opportunities for faculty, staff, and students